Aladdin (soundtrack)

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Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Disney's Aladdin soundtrack cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released October 27, 1992 (1992 Original release)
March 27, 2001 (Re-release)
September 28, 2004 (Special Edition)
Recorded 1991–1992
Genre Pop, film score
Length 50:01 (1992 and 2001 releases)
56:52 (2004 Special Edition)
Label Walt Disney
Producer Alan Menken
Tim Rice
Walter Afanasieff
Walt Disney Animation Studios chronology
Beauty and the Beast
(1991)
Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(1992)
The Lion King
(1994)
2001 Re-release
Aladdin 2001 cover.jpg
2004 Special Edition
Disney Aladdin Soundtrack Special Edition.jpg
Singles from Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)"
    Released: November 5, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Filmtracks3/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic4/5[3]

Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack for the 1992 Disney animated feature film, Aladdin. The album was released by Walt Disney Records on CD and cassette tape on October 27, 1992. The soundtrack was intertwined with demos, work tapes and unreleased masters, as well as original scores in 1994 in a four-disc box set entitled The Music Behind the Magic: The Musical Artistry of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman & Tim Rice. A remastered reissue with altered lyrics and new artwork was released in 2001. A special edition reissue featuring two previously released demos and new artwork was released in 2004.

The music on the album earned composer Alan Menken the Academy Award for Best Original Score and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, as well as a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and the lyricist Tim Rice the Academy Award for Best Original Song, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the first and only Disney song to win a Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the song "A Whole New World". The album is one of the best-selling soundtrack albums to an animated film, with 3 million copies sold in the United States[4] and 300,000 copies sold in Canada.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. All scores composed by Menken.

Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Arabian Nights" ([A])Bruce Adler1:19
2."Legend of the Lamp" (Score) (includes a monologue by Robin Williams) 1:25
3."One Jump Ahead"Brad Kane2:22
4."Street Urchins" (Score) 1:52
5."One Jump Ahead (Reprise)"Brad Kane1:01
6."Friend Like Me"Robin Williams2:26
7."To Be Free" (Score) 1:39
8."Prince Ali"Robin Williams2:51
9."A Whole New World"Brad Kane, Lea Salonga2:40
10."Jafar's Hour" (Score) 2:43
11."Prince Ali (Reprise)"Jonathan Freeman1:07
12."The Ends of the Earth" (Score) 1:35
13."The Kiss" (Score) 1:51
14."On a Dark Night" (Score) 2:55
15."Jasmine Runs Away" (Score) 0:46
16."Marketplace" (Score) 2:37
17."The Cave of Wonders" (Score) 4:57
18."Aladdin's Word" (Score) (includes cue from When You Wish Upon a Star) 1:51
19."The Battle" (Score) 3:39
20."Happy End in Agrabah" (Score) ([B]) 4:15
21."A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)"Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle 
Total length:50:01

Notes

  • A^ Lyrics revised for later pressings and remastered reissue.
  • B^ Version included on the original cassette release (1992) contains several alternate cues.
Aladdin (Special Edition Soundtrack)
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
22."Proud of Your Boy (Demo)"Alan Menken2:29
23."High Adventure (Demo)"Alan Menken, Howard Ashman4:21
Total length:6:50

Unreleased songs and score[edit]

  1. “Arabian Nights” (Instrumental) [1:20]
  2. Legend of the Lamp (without narration) [1:17]
  3. Jafar Plots [0:31]
  4. Aladdin on the Run [0:31]
  5. One Jump Ahead (Instrumental) [2:22]
  6. One Jump Ahead Reprise (Instrumental) [1:01]
  7. Princess Jasmine / The Sultan Gives Away His Ring [3:22]
  8. Aladdin and Jasmine / The Guards Arrive [3:55]
  9. Jasmine Confronts Jafar / Jafar in Disguise [2:37]
  10. The Cave of Wonders (Full Version) (About 1 minute and 28 seconds of music wasn’t included on the commercial CD releases) [6:23]
  11. Aladdin Unconscious / The Genie [1:27]
  12. Friend Like Me (Instrumental) [2:25]
  13. Leaving the Cave of Wonders / The Sultan Upbraids Jafar / Iago's Idea [2:55]
  14. Aladdin’s First Wish / Creating Prince Ali [2:02]
  15. Prince Ali (Instrumental) [2:49]
  16. The Sultan's Magic Carpet Ride [0:55]
  17. On the Balcony [4:05]
  18. A Whole New World (Full Version) [2:45] (The version heard in the film includes about 15 seconds of score before the song starts)
  19. Aladdin Almost Drowns [1:58]
  20. Jasmine Chooses a Suitor / Jafar Knows Aladdin’s Secret / Aladdin's Dilemma [1:05]
  21. Prince Ali Reprise (Instrumental) [1:05]
  22. Jafar as Sultan / Aladdin Returns... Again [2:18]
  23. "Friend Like Me" Reprise (Plays at the beginning of the end credits) [0:40]

Total time of unreleased score material excluding song instrumentals: 34 minutes and 29 seconds

Total time of unreleased score material including song instrumentals: 48 minutes and 51 seconds

Cut songs[edit]

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken composed several songs for an initial story treatment of Aladdin prior to beginning work on Beauty and the Beast.[6][7] This story treatment incorporated several plot elements from the original folk tale and additional characters that were eliminated during later story development. Three songs from this score - "Arabian Nights," "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali" - survive in the final film.

Menken composed several additional songs for the subsequent story revisions following Ashman's 1991 death, prior to Tim Rice's involvement with the project.[6]

Work tape, demo and master recordings of cut songs have been released in several formats, notably on the 1994 The Music Behind the Magic box set,[6] the 2004 special edition soundtrack and the 2004 DVD release of the film.[8]

1990 Original Score - music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman.[6]

  • Arabian Nights
  • Arabian Nights (Reprise #1)
  • Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim
  • Arabian Nights (Reprise #2)
  • Friend Like Me
  • To Be Free
  • Proud of Your Boy – A demo version performed by Menken was featured on the 2004 special edition soundtrack. A pop version recorded by Clay Aiken was included on the 2004 DVD release of the film.[8] It is in the film's stage musical adaption, which premiered 2011.
  • How Quick They Forget
  • Arabian Nights (Reprise #3)
  • High Adventure – A demo version performed by Menken and Ashman was featured on the 2004 special edition soundtrack.
  • Arabian Nights (Reprise #4)  — This was later used as the ending for Aladdin and the King of Thieves.

Additional Menken/Ashman demos[6]

  • Call Me a Princess – A cover version was recorded by actress/singer Kerry Butler and released on her first solo album, Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust in May 2008.
  • Humiliate the Boy

Menken solo demos[6]

  • Count on Me

Menken/Tim Rice demos[6]

  • My Time Has Come
  • My Finest Hour
  • Why Me

Score composition and orchestration[edit]

Alan Menken's score for Aladdin follows the compositional method also used in The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, with specific cues and motifs derived from the songs' melodies.

  • Aladdin's theme echoes the melody of "One Jump Ahead." It prominently appears in the score cues "Street Urchins," "To Be Free" and "Aladdin's Word."
  • Jasmine's theme is introduced in her first scene at the palace. Alan Menken later expanded this motif into the song "To Be Free" which is sung by Jasmine in the stage version Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular as well as the musical.
  • The Sultan is usually accompanied by royal fanfare.
  • Jafars theme is darker, and resembles an instrumental version of "Arabian Nights." It also shares an instrumental version of the deleted song "My Finest Hour", whether he's alone or accompanied by Iago.
  • Genie shares the same musical motif as Jasmine, symbolizing his desire to also be free. This cue was expanded into the song "To Be Free" for Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular.

When Aladdin and Jasmine are together, they are usually accompanied by an instrumental cue of "A Whole New World".

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 6

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[10] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Sweden (GLF)[11] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

Accolades[edit]

Awards
Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result
Academy Awards Best Original Song "A Whole New World" – Alan Menken and Tim Rice Won
"Friend Like Me" – Alan Menken and Howard Ashman Nominated
Best Original Score Alan Menken Won
Best Sound Editing Mark Mangini Nominated
Best Sound Mixing Terry Porter, Mel Metcalfe, David J. Hudson, Doc Kane Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Original Song "A Whole New World" – Alan Menken and Tim Rice Won
Best Original Score Alan Menken Won
Grammy Awards Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Alan Menken, Tim Rice, Walter Afanasieff Won
Song of the Year "A Whole New World" – Alan Menken and Tim Rice, performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle Won
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aladdin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). All Music. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  2. ^ "Aladdin (Alan Menken)". Film Tracks. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum - Aladdin". RIAA. Retrieved May 29, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Disney Enjoys Success Of Universal Canada Deal". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 112 (15): 51. April 8, 2000. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Hochman, Steve (1994). The Music Behind the Magic: The Musical Artistry of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman & Tim Rice. Burbank: Walt Disney Records.
  7. ^ Culhane, John (1992). Disney's Aladdin: The Making of an Animated Film (1st ed.). New York: Hyperion. ISBN 1-56282-757-X
  8. ^ a b "Aladdin: Ultimate DVD review". IGN. 2004-09-17. Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-16. 
  9. ^ "Disney's 'Frozen' Soundtrack Hits Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard. United States. Retrieved May 29, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Aladdin - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Music Canada. Retrieved May 29, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved May 29, 2018. 
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – Aladdin". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 29, 2018.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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